This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.
Gather up your class and lead them on the exciting Oklahoma Land Rush — the greatest land giveaway in history, which was decided by lotteries and actual races for homestead sites. Hands-on replicas of historical documents — the first English language alphabet for the Cherokees, which empowered them to read and write; an act of Congress to move Indian tribes; maps of the territory; an actual homestead application; and the handwritten, presidential order opening the Oklahoma Territory — chronicle the politics and economics of this era, and prove another instance of broken U.S. promises to the Indians and the hardships endured by the homesteaders. Historian: Sidney Theil, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
The Permanent Solution
- The Impossible Dream
- Harrison’s Hoss Race
- The Homesteaders
- Statehood and Beyond
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
Sequoyah’s Cherokee alphabet, 1821.
- Congressional act providing an exchange of lands with the Indians and for their removal west of Mississippi River, 1829.
- Certificate from President James Polk to an Indian chief, 1846.
- Boomer broadside: “Grand Rush for the Indian Territory,” 1879.
- A license to trade with Indians, 1883.
- A map of the Indian Territory, 1885.
- The first page of a presidential proclamation by Benjamin Harrison announcing the opening of the Oklahoma lands, 1889.
- A map of the territory opened to settlement, 1889.
- An application and final certificate for a homestead claim.
- Page of act providing temporary government for Oklahoma, 1889.
- Proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt admitting Oklahoma into the Union as a state, 1907.